Oh here is love, and here is truth

Well as it is Valentine’s Day, I thought what could be more appropriate than discussing the theme of love in the Savoy Operas.  It cannot be denied that love features heavily in all of Gilbert and Sullivan’s works – whether successful or unrequited – so here are my favourite Gilbert and Sullivan love themed songs!

Hearts Bingley G&S

5.  The Sorcerer – Thou Hast the Power Thy Vaunted Love

Possibly a bit of a cheat this one, as it certainly isn’t a love ballad and I actually find Alexis Pointdextre remarkably insufferable.  In this number Alexis berates Aline for not wanting to take a love philtre.   However the music is utterly beautiful and I’m a sucker for a gloriously sung tenor ballad.  

4.  H.M.S. Pinafore – The Hours Creep on a Pace

This is such a lovely song, with Josephine desperately trying to reconcile her love for Ralph Rackstraw with her duty to her father, the ship’s Captain.  As the song progresses you can feel Josephine’s lack of enthusiasm for Ralph’s lowly station, and the fact she might end up eating dinner “served up in a pudding basin”!  The whole song is made by the single line “and yet he is so wondrous fair” when you really feel her maidenly dilemma.

3.  The Pirates of Penzance – Oh Here is Love

A rather sweet little number, when Mabel has agreed to wait for Frederick until he comes of age on 29th February 1940.   The emotion in the song is truly obvious and its just a genuinely lovely moment in what is on the main a comedy.

2.  The Gondoliers – On the Day When I Was Wedded

I had to include this one – The Gondoliers is my absolute favourite of all the Savoy Operas.  This song absolutely slays me – with the formidable Duchess of Plaza-Toro giving lessons to her daughter on how to love a man you don’t and how she became the wife and husband in the relationship to her complete satisfaction.

1. Iolanthe – None Shall Part Us From Each Other

This has just simply the most beautiful lyrics, with Phyliss and Strephon declaring their love for each other that won’t be beaten despite the fact she is human and he is half a fairy.

I am not a massive fan of Iolanthe, but this is probably my all time favourite Gilbert and Sullivan song.





A rollicking band of……..

Pirates we?


Bingley Gilbert and Sullivan Society are delighted to announce their forthcoming production of The Pirates of Penzance……with a twist.

With all the beauty of Sullivan’s original score and the wit of Gilbert’s libretto in tact, our new young and vibrant production team have put a more modern and exciting setting on arguably the best loved of the Savoy Operas.

Tickets will be available very shortly from Bingley Arts Centre on 01274 567983 or by following this link to purchase online.


Do you fancy climbing over rocky mountains?

Or showing off your cat-like tread?

Or proving that a policeman’s lot is indeed not a happy one?

If so Bingley Gilbert and Sullivan Society can help you!  This year, in readiness for our 2016 production of The Pirates of Penzance (show week commencing 18th April 2016), we are holding open auditions.  The auditions will take place in Bingley on the afternoon of Sunday 6th September 2015.

If you are interested in finding out how you can be involved, please get in touch via our Contact Page. (Please note due to various commitments an e-mail is always the easiest method to get in touch!).

We look forward to welcoming our new daughters, policemen, pirates…….


You’ll Find us at Bingley Arts Centre

Just another reminder that time is running out to book tickets to see Musica Lirica Opera perform Lehar’s The Merry Widow on Sunday 7th June at 2.30pm.


Tickets can be purchased from the Bingley Arts Centre Box Office on 01274 567983 or in person (opening hours Monday to Friday 11.00am to 3.30pm) or by visiting the online ticket booking service here.


Come and see the Merry Widow!

Our friends at Musica Lirica Opera are staging Lehar’s The Merry Widow at Bingley Arts Centre on Sunday 7th June 2015.  This is the first in a small tour Musica Lirica are doing and we’re excited to be able to see the production


Tickets can be purchased from the Bingley Arts Centre Box Office which is open Monday to Friday from 11.00am to 3.30pm either in person or by telephoning 01274 567983.  Alternatively, tickets can also be purchased online by visiting this site.


Congratulations to all at Bingley Gilbert and Sullivan Society

Following a successful run of The Mikado at the end of April, we have received the NODA review of our production.  Sally Holmes, the NODA respresentative for the area said: –

This production opened in the town of Titipu and we – the audience – immediately met the villagers in splendid costumes (The Boyz). This, coupled with black wigs for the ladies and very appropriate make up, set the style for the rest of the show. 

I liked Chris Trenholme as Nanki-Poo – this part suited his voice. He had a lovely tenor voice singing “A wandering Minstrel I” whilst looking for his beloved Yum-Yum (Kristina Hodgson).  She looked delightful and sang beautifully.

John Martin (Ko-Ko) performed and sang well with clear diction throughout. I liked the nuances within the music, and the cheeky asides to the audience from time to time. The re-writing of the various “lists” was extremely well handled. The modern references were in keeping with the originals. They were well presented with clear diction and the comic references could be clearly heard by the audience.

Martin Whitaker (The Mikado) also sang well. Janine McAndrew (Katisha) played her role with ease, singing with confidence.

John Colston was a very imposing Pooh-Bah.  His beautifully clear diction was outstanding.

Our three little maids – Kristina Hodgson as Yum-Yum, Helen Midgley as Peep-Bo and Helen Lever as Pitti-Sing formed a nicely contrasting trio, who sounded lovely together and were diverse in their portrayals.

With a very colourful set (Savoyards Productions) and beautiful costumes this was a seamless production with everything moving along at a bright but not too breathless pace.

The Musical Director (Ian Rawstron) kept the tempo bright and effervescent giving the whole production a bounce the audience enjoyed.

The Production Director (Judith Smith) ensured that the company was well rehearsed and presented with confidence. Special mention must go to the men in particular, who managed their huge fans marvellously!

Singing was good throughout with some beautiful harmonies. This was assisted by good articulation, and warm and sympathetic accompaniment from the pit. It is so much easier to follow the story when you can hear what is being said and sung.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this production

Well done everybody!!


Our future Gilbert & Sullivan stars!


Our very talented junior section – in conjunction with Lady Lane Park School – are putting on their very own children’s version of The Mikado on Saturday 25th April 2015 at 3.00pm at the Bingley Arts Centre.

If you would like tickets to see our fun matinee, please contact Rachel Barratt on 07709 309050.

The photograph shows Emily Barratt, Gregory Earl and Isabella Earl in costume and ready to welcome you to the town of Titipu!